"Through this program I have met an experienced educator who has always been happy to support, guide and assist me in any aspect. It has enabled me to develop a positive relationship with someone in my future profession whereby I feel comfortable to ask the 'silly' questions and to call when I need advice..."
Emma, Bachelor of Education student
Students from any discipline who have completed at least 12 months of study at UTAS or the AMC are welcome to apply.
Applications from distance students are especially welcome!
Mentees are strongly encouraged to complete the reflective/summary exercises in the program manual as these will help your preparation and involvement in the program.
Matching is personally facilitated by the Career Mentor Program (CMP) Coordinator, and is done on the basis of degree background and/or the mentor having relevant industry or employment experience. The Coordinator makes every attempt to ensure that matches are compatible; however, we can’t guarantee a perfect alignment of interests! Remember that there is always something that you can learn from an experienced professional who has made a successful transition from university to the workforce.
The CMP Coordinator is continually recruiting mentors to expand the number of participants, and will make every effort to find you a mentor that you can contact either face to face or by email/Skype. However, we can’t completely guarantee a match, as sometimes the demand from students exceeds the available mentors. If a mentor can’t be found for you at the start of the program in May, your name will be kept on a waiting list and we will continue to search for a suitable mentor. You will notified by email of a successful match.
The program launch is in early May (check the Key Dates on the homepage). After this date, student mentees negotiate their subsequent meetings with their mentors through til the end of semester 2, including how often, and where. As a minimum, it is recommended that mentor matches contact each other at least once a month, so that they can build rapport and get to know each other.
It’s important to understand that your mentor is probably a busy person, and may not be able to reply to an email or phone message immediately. However, if you have made a few attempts to contact him/her in different ways (phone, email, SMS), please contact the CMP Coordinator at email@example.com
No problems – you are welcome to apply for the program!
International students are welcome to apply, as we recognise that there can be particular difficulties for students from other cultures in connecting with local networks, and this program aims to assist with this. As a strand of the CMP, we offer English conversation classes for international students, to assist in building confidence with networking and presentation skills. For more information, contact the CMP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, you are also eligible to apply for the CMP. Please ensure that you provide specific detail about why you are seeking a mentor, e.g. advice and support about pathways to a career in academia, networks within your industry, etc. Mentors are not a source of academic advice, however, so cannot provide any direct advice on thesis writing.
You are warmly encouraged to apply for the CMP as a distance student, as this program is an invaluable way of accessing career support and advice for students who can’t access career services on campus. You will be identified as a distance student mentee and will connect with your mentor by Skype and email.
No, this is not the role of your mentor! In some cases, mentors, through their organisations, may be able to offer work experience. However, this is not the main purpose of the program.
If your mentor is happy to maintain contact with you, then go for it! Many mentor pairs from previous years have stayed in touch, which has been a valued source of support for both parties.
We match mentors on the basis of common discipline and take into account a student’s career interests. If your assigned mentor does not possess the exact professional experience that you were seeking, they can still be an invaluable contact, and may be able to introduce you to colleagues that work in the area you are interested in. If you feel that you are experiencing any interpersonal difficulties, please contact the Coordinator as soon as possible to discuss.
Career Mentor Program Coordinator
phone: 03 6324 3101
Authorised by the Executive Director, Student Centre
12 March, 2013